WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Roonie, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Zappafeld

    Zappafeld Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    147
    Location:
    Terrace, BC
    Hi,
    Anyone going South around the 2nd week of August (8-10th start date)? Hoping to ride it from Canada to Oregon; or sections. I am on a 1200GSA.
    thirsty 1 likes this.
  2. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    808
    Location:
    Port Orchard, WA
    In which section is "The jungle"? Thanks. Looking to run the WABDR this summer in my Jeep with family.
  3. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,486
    Location:
    Seattle area
    Cashmere to Chelan
    Erndog likes this.
  4. Humpzilla

    Humpzilla Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2015
    Oddometer:
    155
    Ahhh, damn! I totally spaced on a report. When we went up over Memorial Day Weekend, we were able to get to Chumstick Mountain (we didn't attempt the final drive to the very top), but pretty much right afterwards there were some pretty big snowdrifts covering the road. We crossed the first one in our Land Cruiser, but right around the next corner was a much bigger / deeper / longer one. We turned around at that point and headed back down to camp.

    Sounds like at this point it's open though. I was figuring it would be another week or so before it was snow free up by Chumstick
    thirsty 1 likes this.
  5. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    808
    Location:
    Port Orchard, WA
    Thanks. Is the Jungle north or south of Ardenvoir? Thanks again.
  6. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,662
    Location:
    Top Hat - Seattle Wa.
    N
  7. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2013
    Oddometer:
    2,430
    Location:
    Washington
    It's a very small section that drops down near 25 Mile Creek onto Lake Chelan.
    thirsty 1 likes this.
  8. knuckledrager

    knuckledrager Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Oddometer:
    62
    Location:
    Pew all up
    Rode Packwood to Babyshoe Pass yesterday on Section 1 and checked out some of the lakes. Still lots of snow on FR21 but there was a route through all the snow.
    Route was fine until Killen Creek just north of Takalakh Lake then deep snow.
    Bypassed the snow out 5603, 56, 21 to 23.
    Babyshoe Pass was clear.
    With all the rain and warmer temps I'm sure the rest of the snow will melt out soon. 20210613_100819.jpg 20210613_100722.jpg 20210613_102057.jpg 20210613_102257.jpg 20210613_100819.jpg
  9. northbender

    northbender Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    Oddometer:
    35
    Wenatchee to Elensburg is open.

    Attached Files:

    Watercat, 1911fan, thirsty 1 and 3 others like this.
  10. RustyNails

    RustyNails Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2019
    Oddometer:
    30
    Location:
    Vancouver, WA

    I was at Takhlakh lake on Friday and ran into a group of riders headed south on the BDR. Just north, as knuckledrager said, there's still a bit of deep snow for about 1/10th of a mile but they were able to get through. All riders were on lighter, more dirt oriented bikes except one who was on a KLR.
  11. Adventurous Human

    Adventurous Human Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    14
    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    Thanks for all the info. I plan to ride it from Bridge of the Gods up starting Thursday on my DR650. Hoping the heat will melt the snowy parts!
    RustyNails likes this.
  12. Jrushman

    Jrushman Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Eugene OE
    I ran S to N in a different group than the one @RustyNails mentioned, although we did pass them.

    The snow at Takhlakh was still pretty deep but 4 of us got through, largest in out group was a dr650. The snowy section isn't too terribly long.

    Maybe the truck will be out of the way for you, it was blocking what seemed to be a good line.

    Attached Files:

  13. JP4

    JP4 Thumper Geek

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2003
    Oddometer:
    646
    Location:
    Hood River, OR
    Couple days on the WABDR before the heat wave. Blasted highway through Trout lake to join the route up by Tahklahk lake. I've already ridden section 1 up to that point a few times in the last month, so it was time for something new.
    Almost all the snow is off the road now past Tahklahk, just a few melting drifts that are easy to ride around.
    Down into Packwood for lunch and then out to Bethel ridge. I'm camping on the ridge just where it starts dropping back down. Some pretty big deep mud holes that are drying up, but still had a few to ride through. Nothing bad though. Speaking of bad, the mosquitoes at Tahklahk were insane. Going to slab it around and hit the Klicitat area in the morning on the way back to Hood River before it gets insanely hot. 20210624_093425.jpg 20210624_094407.jpg 20210624_130058.jpg 20210624_132736.jpg 20210624_141547.jpg 20210624_143037.jpg
  14. JP4

    JP4 Thumper Geek

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2003
    Oddometer:
    646
    Location:
    Hood River, OR
    Broke camp this morning and dropped into Naches for a really killer breakfast at the Drift Inn. I debated going back via 12 and the usual routes back to Hood River, but it was going to be hot either way, so I slabbed it to Goldendale, then Klicitat, Appleton, Snowden, and back to our little tourist hell :)
    Camping on Bethel was great, but I was fortunate to have brought my mosquitoe net. It's high season for those little bastards.
    20210624_165915.jpg 20210625_051023.jpg 20210624_210207.jpg 20210624_222943.jpg 20210625_083659.jpg 20210625_083744.jpg 20210625_083740.jpg 20210625_083730.jpg 20210624_195347.jpg
  15. NEPAChuy

    NEPAChuy Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2016
    Oddometer:
    249
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Bethel Ridge is awesome!
    JP4 likes this.
  16. JP4

    JP4 Thumper Geek

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2003
    Oddometer:
    646
    Location:
    Hood River, OR
    Yes it is! Exceeded my expectations. Great views and fun road
  17. captainredbeard

    captainredbeard Inland NW Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    87
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    My Dad, my brothers, and I are heading out from Spokane on the 7th to tackle the WABDR for the first time. We are riding an XT250 (Dad), CRF300 Rally (me), and a DR650 (brother). My middle brother will be joining us from Ellensburg to Chelan in his FJ. One of my buddies from high school is going to join us from Portland as well for the first section or two. We have a good amount of riding experience between the three of us and have been wanting to do a more extended offroad trip for a long time.

    Planned days:
    7th - Spokane to Toppenish
    8th - Toppenish to Stevenson to Packwood (Section 1)
    9th - Packwood to Ellensburg (Section 2)
    10th - Ellensburg to Cashmere (Section 3
    11th - Cashmere to Chelan (Section 4)
    12th - Chelan to Conconnully (Section 5)
    13th - Conconully to Nighthawk to Oroville (Section 6)
    14th -Oroville to Spokane via the Cascade highway

    We are hoteling it so we can get a shower each night and save on some weight since we are taking the small bikes. I am pretty excited albeit a little nervous. We have a good selection of tools, tubes, pumps, chargers, and hopefully everything we need between the three of us riding.

    I will be running a Garmin Zumo 595 and the WABDR Butler map for navigation. I plan to download the GPX onto the unit, but I have never used it in that way, so it will be a bit of a learning curve for me.

    Do we need anything else navigation-wise? Any last-minute items we need to pick up?
  18. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,561
    Location:
    Lewiston, Idaho
    Take plenty of water! And/or a filtration pump. It's gonna be hot.
  19. uncle m

    uncle m Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2014
    Oddometer:
    365
    Location:
    B.C.
    As @1911fan said, and follow the gpx track (make sure you've got the Zumo figured out before you start the BDR!), and enjoy the ride! It's a great route.
    LiquidSilver and captainredbeard like this.
  20. LiquidSilver

    LiquidSilver Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    99
    Location:
    SW Washington
    Good advice above.

    Since you are a group, minimize doubling up on tools. Make sure you have tire repair kit and inflation.

    Extra water is good.
    Set someone's phone up with the route as backup. (I.e Gaia gps). Practice with the gps. You need to be fairly precise in areas or you can miss a turn. (Ask me how I know. )
    WolfNman, JaredE, motorat and 2 others like this.